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“Never, ever leave the board without saying goodbye.” [Michael]
on 18 June 2016
This 2011 supernatural horror [aka: The Ouija Experiment] sees four individuals brought together to use a Ouija board, while a fifth, Brandon tries to film it all. Not taking things seriously, the board soon reveals hidden things about the protagonists which causes tensions and confrontations which ultimately lead to mistakes being made, but exactly what is the danger of the Ouija and what is it’s secret?
Filmed through the lens of a hand held camera, this pretends to be based on a true story to gain effect [lose a *] and while this may not be the most original plot, the main problem is the film is made by people who ‘play’ with the supernatural to make a movie but have no ‘feel’ for the subject and make basic errors [lose a *], thus creating trite characters who all act like spoilt 10 year olds [lose a *]. As a result we simply don’t care about them which weakens the fear factor. The sequences focusing on the board thus fail to convince as the characters lack any connection to it and the plot soon devolves into a simple cheating love triangle exposé. It’s only halfway in that this really picks up but the juvenile antics and dialogue really let it down.
The single disc features only play and scene selection. Rated 15 this does have some good things going for it such as the ‘growling’ of the entity and a few ‘jumpy’ scenes, whilst much of the tension relies on the camera picking up sudden indistinct movements which works well in this genre [gain a*] where gore soaked mayhem would have been misplaced. Filmed on a very low budget [allegedly $1,200] it’s a good effort [gain a *] while the revelation toward the end is a clever twist but it’s let down by the obvious ending. Despite the many faults, this is entertaining and for a 15 rating is well worth a try.